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US Customs form with Canadian passport Business leaders urge Canadian and U.S. governments to accelerate progress on border efficiency and regulatory cooperation

After two years of disappointingly modest progress, the Canada-U.S. Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation initiatives urgently need a strong push by the two governments, says The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).

In advance of a meeting today with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and an exchange with 100 Canadian and U.S. business leaders in Detroit, Mr. Manley voiced concern that an historic opportunity to make border clearance and regulatory processes more efficient and predictable is slipping away.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama announced the Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation initiatives during a meeting at the White House in December 2011. The overall goal was to promote economic growth, job creation and competitiveness by streamlining cross-border travel and trade.

During 2012, the two governments took several preliminary steps toward that goal, including: the launch of a pre-clearance pilot project for rail cargo en route to the United States; enhancements to the NEXUS border program for pre-approved travelers; and the issuance of a Presidential order aimed at reducing unnecessary regulatory differences between the two countries.

Unfortunately, Mr. Manley said, the rate of progress since then has been disappointing. There … Read more »

Date October 18, 2013 Related Issues

Canada-EU free trade homepage banner Canadian consumers, companies and workers will benefit from Canada-EU free trade, Manley says

Although in-depth assessments of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will take time, early indications are that Canada has achieved significant gains in market access to the world’s largest economy, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) says.

“For Canadian consumers, companies and workers, the overall impact appears extremely positive,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CCCE. “Until we see the final text it will be impossible to quantify the full benefits.  But today’s announcement points to an ambitious, far-reaching agreement that will boost economic growth, create jobs and expand opportunities across the board, in virtually every sector.”

The CCCE is the senior voice of Canada’s business community, representing 150 chief executives and leading entrepreneurs in all sectors and regions of the country.

When ratified, the agreement will give Canadian exporters privileged access to a market of more than 500 million consumers, spread across 28 countries and representing one-fifth of global economic activity.

CETA is Europe’s first comprehensive trade agreement with a Western developed country. That will give Canadian companies a significant “first mover” advantage over their rivals elsewhere. The United States is hoping to reach a similar economic partnership with Europe, … Read more »

Business leaders applaud commitment to seal Canada-EU trade agreement

Canada’s business leaders welcome today’s announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that his government will soon wrap up talks on a wide-ranging trade agreement with the European Union, the world’s largest economy.
 
Speaking to his Conservative Party caucus this morning, the Prime Minister signaled that Canada’s international trade priorities will feature prominently in this afternoon’s Speech from the Throne, which will outline the government’s agenda for the next two years.
 
“A strong and ambitious trade agenda continues to be at the core of this government’s strategy for jobs and economic growth,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. “After four years of negotiations, we are heartened by the Prime Minister’s assurance that negotiations are close to complete on the Canada-EU Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). On both sides of the Atlantic, the CETA will create jobs, spur investment and promote economic growth.”
 
As with every bilateral trade agreement, neither side will get everything it wants, Mr. Manley predicted. But he reiterated what he told business leaders in a speech in Dublin last month: “Narrow issues – whose economic value is arguably marginal in the context of this trade agreement – should … Read more »

North American CEOs urge U.S., Canadian and Mexican heads of state to strengthen regional economic competitiveness

Business Leaders Detail Recommendations on Intelligent Border Systems, Greater Regulatory Cooperation and North American Energy Security

Today, members of the Business Roundtable, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) and the Consejo Mexicano de Hombres de Negocios (CMHN) released a set of policy recommendations aimed at increasing North American economic integration and competitiveness. In a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and U.S. President Barack Obama, the organizations detailed three priority areas for action: intelligent border systems; greater regulatory cooperation; and North American energy security and sustainability.

The organizations wrote:

“…  [W]hile the North American marketplace has grown significantly over the last two decades and trade and investment among our countries is healthy and growing, our companies continue to face obstacles to doing business across and within our borders. We are concerned that these obstacles inhibit the competitiveness of our companies and workers who sell goods and services to one another and who make products together that we sell in the global marketplace.

“… More can and should be done to promote regulatory cooperation between our three countries, to facilitate the legitimate movement of people, goods and services throughout the North American market, Read more »

John Manley addresses Business Gathering in Dublin Europe’s reputation at stake in Canada-EU negotiations, Manley says

At a time of weak economic growth across the European Union (EU), signing a comprehensive free trade agreement with Canada should be a top priority for EU leaders, says The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
 
Speaking to business leaders in Dublin this morning, Mr. Manley delivered a forceful pitch for the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), insisting that “time is running out” on the negotiations and that failure to reach an agreement soon would damage the EU’s credibility in international trade talks.
 
“My organization has taken a leading role in advocating for CETA in Canada,” Mr. Manley told members of the Ireland Canada Chambers of Commerce and the Ireland Canada Business Association.
 
“We have urged both sides to make the necessary compromises to conclude an agreement. But it takes two to tango, and right now what we are hearing from the EU side is that the negotiators are not feeling much pressure from European governments to reach a deal.”
 
“If that’s the case, they are making a huge mistake. The EU needs this deal. It’s one thing to start negotiations, but it’s another thing to finish … Read more »

Date September 24, 2013 Related Issues

Visit to Canada of Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe

The Canadian Council of Chief Executives welcomes the meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan.   Japan is Canada’s fourth largest export market for a large diversity of goods and services.  Two-way merchandise trade is valued at over $25 billion.   Canada and Japan are two of the 12 countries participating in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and, separately, are also working towards concluding a bilateral agreement that will enhance trade and investment among TPP partners.

Japan is a critical source of job-creating investment in Canada and represents a sophisticated market for a vast array of Canadian products.  “There is huge opportunity to expand Canada’s energy exports to Japan,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CCCE.   “Canadian business is very pleased to see Japan participate in the TPP negotiations, as well as in our bilateral Canada-Japan EPA negotiations. The Canadian Council of Chief Executives strongly supports an ambitious outcome to both negotiations.”   

The CCCE is the senior voice of Canada’s business community, representing 150 chief executives and leading entrepreneurs in all sectors and regions of the country.… Read more »

CCCE welcomes new TransCanada pipeline proposal‎

The Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) today welcomed the announcement by TransCanada Corporation that it has lined up sufficient customers for its proposed Energy East pipeline and will now move to the next stage of development of the project‎.

“Canada’s business leaders recognize the need to strengthen and expand the country’s energy infrastructure in order to take full advantage of the economic potential represented by Canada’s diverse array of energy assets,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CCCE.

“The Energy East project can be an important addition to that national landscape. Modern and high quality pipelines, electricity transmission lines and other infrastructure are critical to ensuring that Canadians have access to reliable and affordable energy, to strengthening the nation’s energy security, and to expanding our export opportunities.”… Read more »

parliament budget 2013 for website Federal budget will improve skills training, but developing modern and efficient labour markets requires ongoing commitment, business leaders say

OTTAWA – The 2013-2014 federal budget includes a number of measures to address Canada’s labour market requirements, but much more needs to be done at all levels of society to ensure that skill shortages do not choke economic growth, according to the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
 
“Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has put his finger squarely on the problem: far too many well-paid jobs are going unfilled because employers can’t find people with the right skills,” said The Honourable John Manley, the CCCE’s President and Chief Executive Officer. 

The CCCE is the senior voice of Canada’s business community, representing 150 chief executives and leading entrepreneurs in all sectors and regions of the country.
 
“Companies across the country, in sectors ranging from energy and natural resources to construction, manufacturing and services, are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit employees with the right qualifications,” Mr. Manley said. “It’s a problem today, and if left unchecked it will only get worse, undermining opportunities for Canadian workers and contributing to slower economic growth.”
 
In today’s budget, Mr. Flaherty pledged: new funding for businesses to train unemployed and under-employed workers; expanded support for apprentices; more internships for recent post-secondary graduates; and increased assistance for … Read more »

152142618 for website Post-budget conference examined Canada’s labour market needs and the transition from school to work

Is Canada’s education system properly preparing students for the 21st century job market? What can employers and educators do to help young Canadians find meaningful, rewarding careers? These questions and others were discussed at a special post-federal budget conference in Toronto on Monday, March 25, at the Park Hyatt Toronto, Avenue Road at Bloor Street West.

Hosted by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) and the Canadian International Council (CIC), the half-day, invitation-only conference brought together approximately 100 business leaders, government officials, educators, policy experts and students. The full program, which will run from 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon, was live-streamed on the web. 

The conference featured a keynote address by Dr. Rick Miner, author of “People Without Jobs, Jobs Without People”, two panel discussions moderated by Steve Paikin, host of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, and closing remarks by Gerald McCaughey, President and Chief Executive Officer of CIBC.

Panel participants, in alphabetical order:

  • Dr. Arvind Gupta, Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director, Mitacs
  • Linda Hasenfratz, Chief Executive Officer, Linamar Corporation
  • Veronica Lacey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Veronica Lacey & Associates
  • Sheldon Levy, President and Vice Chancellor, Ryerson University
  • Sachin Maharaj, Graduate student,
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Date February 26, 2013 Related Issues

Eric Miller to join CCCE Secretariat as Vice President, Policy, Innovation and Competitiveness

The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), today announced that Eric Miller will join the CCCE Secretariat as Vice President, Policy, Innovation and Competitiveness, effective March 18, 2013.

“Eric has a wealth of experience in policy development, trade and industrial sector negotiations and the identification and management of sectoral issues and strategies. He served most recently as Industry Canada’s representative at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C, where he acted as the point person in identifying and pursuing policy priorities for Industry Canada in the US.  He served as a member of Canada’s team that developed the 2011 Beyond the Border Action Plan. Prior to this he acted as a Washington advisor for the Canadian Government’s investments in the 2009 restructuring of the North American auto industry.

“Eric has also worked as an independent consultant managing export development and trade projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Working as a consultant between 1996-2005 with the Integration and Trade Development Department of the Inter-American Development Bank, he advised governments throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on trade negotiations and trade development strategies. During this period Eric worked on four free trade negotiations between … Read more »

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